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One Pamphlet, Two Years, and an Oscar Speech

Way back in 2012, someone asked me to make a tri-fold pamphlet about DINOS. That’s right. Two years ago. Well, I did it!

I may never win a trophy for speed, but I’d like to think that one day I’ll win the Oscar for “Best Dog Walker in the Better Late Than Never” Category.

Just getting nominated would be an honor, but I’d really like to win so that I can give a thank you speech and say stuff like “Hashtag Suck it” to Julia Roberts and then get drunk at the Vanity Fair party with new best friend Daniel Day-Lewis.

Oh, right, so here’s the trifold. It’s pretty simple:

business in the front, party in the back.

This is all the yada yada on the inside. The point is to tell folks about DINOS…

…and give them general tips for safe, polite dog walking so that all of us (DINOS or not) can enjoy being out in public with our dogs:

You can download and print the trifold here. 


If you have a table at an upcoming event or work at a pet store, a vet’s office, a shelter, or just like to stand on the corner and hand stuff out, feel free to print (double sided-style) and distribute! If this one doesn’t float your boat, there are a bunch more handouts on the DINOS website here. 

Finally, I’d like to thank the Academy for recognizing my epic slowness in the field of printed educational materials. A special thanks to Rebecca Greenwood for asking me to do this and then sending me her own version to get my slowpoke self into gear. I’d also like to thank my laptop for not overheating and my printer for not running out of ink, just this one time. Most of all, I’d like to thank my mother. When I was a kid she’d always tell me that if I could dream it, I could make it into a handout. She taught me to never, ever give up, even when people used my “literature” to line their bird cages. I wouldn’t be here, annoying the public, if you didn’t believe in me mom. Alright, alright, alright. Hashtag suck it Julia!



  1. Helen Clark #

    I have just downloaded your poster in French and given it to our local vets (we live in France). They were really pleased to put it on display. This sort of thing is virtually unheard of here – especially in rural areas. Translating this tri-fold into French would be another step in “spreading the word”….

    March 7, 2014
    • That’s really cool Helen! If you ever get a chance, would you take a photo of the poster in your vet’s office and share it with me? I’d love to see it! Do you have any interest in translating the tri-fold into French? If so, I’d be happy to make a French version.

      March 7, 2014
  2. I love this! My dog suffers from leash anxiety. He’s not mean, just extremely reactive to dogs he does not know outside of his comfort zone. In the home, he’s great with meeting new dogs. It’s always frustrating to take him on walks and have people bring their dog right up to him. They mean well, but it always results in a disaster.

    March 7, 2014
  3. The flyer is great! Thank you, I will use it!

    March 7, 2014
  4. Love this concept. Since I first saw it posted on Facebook, I’ve been asking members of my hiking group to use a yellow ribbon if their dog requires additional space. Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for coming up with this concept. I will definitely bring some of your tri-folds to future events that I participate in!

    March 7, 2014
  5. lucysmom8 #

    You’re welcome! Lol!

    March 7, 2014
  6. Love these! They should be up in every vet’s office and pet food store.

    March 9, 2014
  7. Molly #

    One thign missing from the dog walking etiquette is that some dogs are known biters and their owners place yellow ribbons on their leashes to bring awareness to others to not walk up and try to touch the dog. Upon seeing the ribbon, most people ask why the animal has a yellow ribbon and you are afforded the opportunity to pass on a bit of knowledge.

    March 10, 2014
    • The yellow ribbons are purposely left out. Yellow ribbons are one type of communication tool, but my goal with DINOS is to help the public understand that they need to treat ALL dogs with respect. It’s not ok to invade the space of a non-“yellow dog” or break the leash law if the dogs nearby aren’t wearing yellow ribbons. Many dogs become DINOS due to unsafe, unwanted, or inappropriate interactions with unfamiliar dogs.

      I don’t want to teach the public to look for a ribbon, I want to teach them to be responsible and respectful all the time.

      Teaching people to be responsible for their actions and polite around ALL dogs prevents dogs from becoming DINOS in the first place, while also helping those dogs that already are in need of space. For that reason, I never include yellow ribbons in my work.

      March 11, 2014
  8. Thank you for this!

    March 13, 2014

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